Two Spinathon events took place on Saturday 25th February in aid of Havens Hospices.
Paul Spall, a keen cyclist decided to take his hobby to the next level by taking part in a 9 hour spin challenge at Rileys Sports Bar in Benfleet. He was inspired to do this in memory of his mother-in-law, Susie, who was cared for at Fair Havens in 2016; he was also inspired by his son Bobby, aged 8, who “braved the shave” for Macmillan Nurses last year.
“After losing Susie, who was a very special member of our family just before Christmas, I decided to do a nine hour spinathon to raise much needed funds for Havens Hospice. They don’t charge a penny for the expert care they provide and this is only possible through fundraising and donations. I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all my friends, family and the local community; I wanted to raise around £500, but as it stands I’ve raised just under £3000!”
The second spinathon took place at Clements Hall Leisure Centre in memory of Wendy Smith, an instructor at Clements Hall for over 30 years, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last month, aged 61. The event, a six hour sponsored spinathon, was organised by Wendy’s son, Matthew and Jayne King who was inspired by Wendy to become an instructor. The six hour spinathon consisted of six sessions with hundreds of attendees, some who stayed for all SIX! The Clements Hall Spinners have raised £1250 so far.
Matthew, Wendy’s son, said
“Mum was an incredibly strong woman who was loved and cherished by those around her and one who defined the word COURAGE. The people at Havens Hospice gave us an additional year with Mum to do all the nice things we wanted to. They helped us spend three of the last and very best nights with Mum before she left, laughing, joking and smiling with her four sons all around her, holding her hands and that was all she truly ever wanted. Nothing we will ever do will be able to thank the staff and nurses for all the hard work, love and care they gave her, but by raising money we hope we can help them continue to do what they do best for their patients and families which is ‘Making every day count.’”